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iConvert Video Converter

Rip home movies and DVDs to digital files--without a computer.


With the iConvert® Video Converter, it's easy to turn your old VHS tapes, DVDs and TV shows into digital video--no computer needed. iConvert® records any kind of video as digital files on its built-in SD® memory card drive. Simply connect iConvert® to your VCR, camcorder or DVD player and insert a standard SD or SDHC memory card. Then press PLAY--and iConvert® records your movies as you watch. When finished recording, remove memory card and transfer digital videos to your computer or other digital device.

Lets you digitally record your favorite TV shows, too.
iConvert® Video captures and records analog videos that degrade over time, preserving them as digital files. This is great for your old VHS tapes, but also works with standard PAL and NTSC TV systems. Includes cables, AC adapter and viewing and editing software. Windows ME, XP and Vista® compatible.

Don't let your memories fade away. Preserve them with the iConvert® Video Converter--order yours from Brookstone today.

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iConvert Video Converter
iConvert Video Converter
iConvert Video Converter

iConvert Video Converter

629220p

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iConvert Video Converter
 
2.6

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

45%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good resolution (7)
  • Accurate thumbnails (5)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good bit depth (3)

Cons

  • Slow (6)

Best Uses

      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (7), Frequent user (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It would've helped if they told you ...

    Here's the key information that neither the Brookstone website nor the iConvert manual bother to tell you...The file format inside the ASF is WMV (Window Media Video). ASF is just a...Read complete review

    Here's the key information that neither the Brookstone website nor the iConvert manual bother to tell you...The file format inside the ASF is WMV (Window Media Video). ASF is just a container and irrelevant. WMV's in ASF's can be opened with most video editors. iConvert sequentially names the files MOVIxxxx.ASF as it captures each Start/Stop session.iConvert records the video using MPEG-4 V3, which is a newer, high-end CODEC. It records at 24 bits, 30 (29.9+) frames/sec, and 640x480 pixels which is an aspect ratio of 4:3 (1.33:1).The audio uses pcm_s116le. It records at 16 bits, 11.025kHz.The MPEG-4 compression yields good quality and creates files that come out to roughly 1.1GB per hour of content. Thus you can put about 7 hours of video onto an 8GB SDHC card (it's really around 7.75GB after you give up space for the card's overhead). I picked up an 8GB SanDisk card for $20 at a retailer who shares the name used for small, wire, paper fasteners.I installed but didn't use the MediImpression software that comes with it. It appears to be very rudimentary. I edited the clips using Corel (nee Ulead) VideoStudio Pro X2. It a pretty full-featured product that lists for [$] but can be found a lot cheaper. After discounts, I paid [$] at a West-coast electronics retailer ... it was basically free.The iConvert has done a pretty good job considering the poor quality of the VHS tapes I've been capturing. Some were third-generation copies. It did freeze completely during one recording session but, after powering it down and restarting, it worked fine.I set up the iConvert with a VHS deck and a monitor next to my laptop and found this to be very efficient. I could queue up the tape and start the capture while I did other things on my PC. When I had captured a few videos, I could then just pop the SDHC into my laptop, move the files into an iConvert Videos folder I created, and put the card back in the iConvert for the next recording session.Overall, I found the iConvert to be a convenient, straightforward, portable tool for getting my decaying videos onto DVDs.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Serves Its Purpose

    I decided to get this item because of the large amount of cassette tapes we have collected over the years. Without knowing what to expect, I unboxed it and connected it. This is...Read complete review

    I decided to get this item because of the large amount of cassette tapes we have collected over the years. Without knowing what to expect, I unboxed it and connected it. This is one of the difficult parts - you have to connect your video camera to your VHS to the system to the TV, and you need power outlets for all of these. Once connected though, it works great and records at the speed of the tape. Although it records to a memory card, which is a problem for some, there are no problems for me getting them onto the computer. My major issue with this product however is the format of video the system puts out, which is ASF. This is not compatible with the Mac I use, so requires a lot of extra work to get into our library. I'm not sure why they picked ASF as the default format, it would have been loads easier for Mac users if they chose MPEG-4. So, final story, if you have a Mac, the default format is not compatible with quicktime without plugins or with iMovie and the software they give you doesn't work, so be prepared to download some conversion software (which may cost $). If you own a PC, the software they give you works great and should not pose any problems.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not easy to set up

    By geekiest squad

    from ny

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Lack of technical support
      • Poor instructions

      Best Uses

        Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

        Setting up this item is a game of trial and error.
        The instruction manuel was useless when it came to setting it up to the VCR and TV, and also for troubleshooting.

        On my 10 year old TV and VCR, I needed to plug the plugs into the back of each item - Not the front. I also did not need to disconnect my cable, as customer service suggested I do.

        A technical support team would serve Brookstone well.

        (23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Serves Its Purpose

        By Andrew

        from USA

        About Me Casual User

        Pros

        • Accurate Thumbnails
        • Consistent
        • Good Resolution
        • Many Tape Types Supported

        Cons

        • Difficult to Load
        • Slow
        • Weird Video Format

        Best Uses

        • Cassette Tapes

        Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

        I decided to get this item because of the large amount of cassette tapes we have collected over the years. Without knowing what to expect, I unboxed it and connected it. This is one of the difficult parts - you have to connect your video camera to your VHS to the system to the TV, and you need power outlets for all of these. Once connected though, it works great and records at the speed of the tape. Although it records to a memory card, which is a problem for some, there are no problems for me getting them onto the computer. My major issue with this product however is the format of video the system puts out, which is ASF. This is not compatible with the Mac I use, so requires a lot of extra work to get into our library. I'm not sure why they picked ASF as the default format, it would have been loads easier for Mac users if they chose MPEG-4. So, final story, if you have a Mac, the default format is not compatible with quicktime without plugins or with iMovie and the software they give you doesn't work, so be prepared to download some conversion software (which may cost $). If you own a PC, the software they give you works great and should not pose any problems.

        • Gift:
        • No
        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Iconvert sometimes freezes

        By Major Minor

        from Quantico, VA

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Thumbnails
        • Easy to use

        Cons

        • Slow
        • Sometimes freezes

        Best Uses

        • Photos and Graphics

        Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

        I got the unit for Christmas and have been converting a lot of old VCS tapes. The unit is nice but a little slow and seems to freeze every fourth tape. I have to upplug the unit to get it to reset. The process of using the SD card is a little clunky but works.

        Very sparse instructions and troubleshooting provided. Needs some sort of online frequent questions / troubleshooting site.

        • Gift:
        • Yes
        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Sound & Picture out of sync

        By Mark

        from Holbrook, NY

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Good Resolution

        Cons

        • Pic and sound outa sync

        Best Uses

        • Wasting your time

        Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

        Recorded a 2 hr home video. No problem recording. When I downloaded it onto my computer to view, I noticed that the sound progressively got out of sync with the picture. Good in the beginning, but about 3 seconds off after an hour. Brought it back and same thing with the new one. I tried EVERYTHING!!! Changed SD cards rated for different speeds. SD cards, SDHC cards. I tried 2 different VCRs. Complete waste of my time! I have about 10 hrs invested in returns and trials. It's a shame because I thought the concept was a great idea. Of course Brookstone says they never get any returns on this, but I'm thinking nobody has noticed yet. Well I'm 0 for 2 with 10 hours of my life that I'll never get back.
        Don't waste your time with this!!

        • Gift:
        • Yes
        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Didn't last 30 minutes

        By Waste of time

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Casual User

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

              Got this home and connected to my TV as described. Turned it on to start recording and after 30 minutes I went back to see how it was doing to find it turned off. Can't get it to turn back on and we'll be returning it ASAP.

              • Gift:
              • No
              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (30 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It would've helped if they told you ...

              By Ronmio

              from San Marcos, CA

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate Thumbnails
              • Good Bit Depth
              • Good Resolution
              • Top-of-the-line codec

              Cons

              • Case smudges easily
              • Software pretty limited

              Best Uses

              • Archiving VHS

              Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

              Here's the key information that neither the Brookstone website nor the iConvert manual bother to tell you...The file format inside the ASF is WMV (Window Media Video). ASF is just a container and irrelevant. WMV's in ASF's can be opened with most video editors. iConvert sequentially names the files MOVIxxxx.ASF as it captures each Start/Stop session.iConvert records the video using MPEG-4 V3, which is a newer, high-end CODEC. It records at 24 bits, 30 (29.9+) frames/sec, and 640x480 pixels which is an aspect ratio of 4:3 (1.33:1).The audio uses pcm_s116le. It records at 16 bits, 11.025kHz.The MPEG-4 compression yields good quality and creates files that come out to roughly 1.1GB per hour of content. Thus you can put about 7 hours of video onto an 8GB SDHC card (it's really around 7.75GB after you give up space for the card's overhead). I picked up an 8GB SanDisk card for $20 at a retailer who shares the name used for small, wire, paper fasteners.I installed but didn't use the MediImpression software that comes with it. It appears to be very rudimentary. I edited the clips using Corel (nee Ulead) VideoStudio Pro X2. It a pretty full-featured product that lists for [$] but can be found a lot cheaper. After discounts, I paid [$] at a West-coast electronics retailer ... it was basically free.The iConvert has done a pretty good job considering the poor quality of the VHS tapes I've been capturing. Some were third-generation copies. It did freeze completely during one recording session but, after powering it down and restarting, it worked fine.I set up the iConvert with a VHS deck and a monitor next to my laptop and found this to be very efficient. I could queue up the tape and start the capture while I did other things on my PC. When I had captured a few videos, I could then just pop the SDHC into my laptop, move the files into an iConvert Videos folder I created, and put the card back in the iConvert for the next recording session.Overall, I found the iConvert to be a convenient, straightforward, portable tool for getting my decaying videos onto DVDs.

              • Gift:
              • Yes
              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Returning mine to the store

              By Disappointed Customer

              from Fort Worth, TX

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

                    I bought this to transfer my VHS tapes to DVD. I never could get the set up correct (a lot of wires and poor directions). All I could ever get it do do was record a blank file. I am returning it to the store and will try the VHS recorder since it has a USB port, I am hoping that will be easier.

                    • Gift:
                    • No
                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Cannot view on DVD player

                    By Techno-not!

                    from Cleveland, OH

                    About Me Casual User

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Thumbnails

                    Cons

                    • Not Versatile
                    • Slow

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

                      Not too sure I like this. After purchasing an additional cable and hub so that I could hook the converter up to my video camera, I recorded my first video onto a DVD. The editing process was simple however the Mediaimpressions software did not allow me to add anything additional to my movie, such as words, music, etc. After successfully copying a video to DVD, I was able to watch the edited video on my computer, but not on my home DVD player. I tried it on two players only to discover that DVD players do not play AVI files which is how Mediaimpressions creates and saves the movie. Why is it so difficult for someone to come up with a solution to converting these old tapes to DVD? ARGH!

                      • Gift:
                      • Yes
                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Audio Video not in snyc

                      By Tom From Linden

                      from Linden, NJ

                      About Me Casual User

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

                            The 1st video that I converted was a VHS tape inserted into a vcr that was connected to the converter. After recording I noticed during playback that the audio was about 5 seconds behind the video.

                            • Gift:
                            • Yes
                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

                            (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            is realtime really an issue?

                            By Bill

                            from en route cross country

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about iConvert Video Converter:

                                  I don't understand the complaints about dubbing in real time. I am not aware of any VHS or other video tape device that plays or copies a tape in other than real time. All this does is take the composite video plus stereo audio from your player and digitize it to a chip. On the other hand the design of burning ONLY to a chip is bizarre - it requires a second step of copying the chip to your computer. I would have much preferred a USB connection straight to my computer and it's hard drive.
                                  Have not yet decided to buy.
                                  Quality will depend on your player. I have an old Panasonic tape-to-disc machine that has broken down twice and has Byzantine menus, but included time base correction so that poorly recorded tapes actually improved. Not possible here.

                                  • Gift:
                                  • No
                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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